3 Steps To Follow When You Lost Your Dog

Lost and Found Pets 3 Steps To Follow When You Lost Your Dog

3 Steps To Follow When You Lost Your Dog

It only takes a moment for your dog to slip their leash or hop over a fence to bound off without a care in the world. However, you care, and a lost dog is a big deal to a frightened owner. You need to locate your lost dog as soon as possible.

You know you must let others know about your lost dog and file a report. But how? You can try to file a lost dog report on your own, but you might find it too time-consuming. DoNotPay is ready to help you find a lost dog.

What to Do if You Lose Your Pet

Fortunately, you don't have to deal with a lost pet very often, so you might need some guidance.

Here are a few things to do:

Reach out to the local animal shelterCall or visit your local animal shelter to let them know you've lost a pet.
Use the DoNotPay appLearn more about its reliable services below.
Use Social media accountsPut the word out on your social media accounts to get others to help you look.
Ask someone to stay at homeAsk someone to stay at home in case the pet returns.
Ask aroundDrive or walk around your neighborhood looking for your lost pet.

Do Lost Dogs Usually Get Found?

The good news is that most lost dogs make their way home, and in fact, more than 90 percent of lost dogs get found. However, you need to act quickly because your chances of finding your furry friend drop dramatically after the first 24 hours. Also, most lost dogs are found in their neighborhood, which makes it the ideal location to start your search.

Report Your Lost Pet to Local Animal Control or Animal Shelter

It's always a good idea to let animal control and the local shelter know that you've lost a dog. In many cases, someone who finds a dog will take it to the animal shelter or call animal control. If they're already aware of your lost pet, it'll help you get them back more quickly.

How to Avoid Losing a Pet

You want to avoid losing a pet to keep them safe. This way, you won't need to go through the trauma of them being lost. Here are a few tips to help you avoid a lost pet:

  • Only buy a harness or collar after ensuring a correct fit.
  • Don't leave your pet alone outside.
  • Get a microchip implanted by your vet.
  • Gates and doors should be kept closed at all times.

How to Report a Lost Dog by Yourself

When you're faced with a lost dog, you can report it by yourself. You'll need to find a phone or location for your local animal control department or shelter and contact them.

While you're letting people know about your lost dog, it's a good idea to put the word out on social media too. There are groups on social media dedicated to lost and found pets.

Solve the Challenges of Filing a Report When You’ve Lost a Dog With the Help of DoNotPay

A lost dog or lost cat is a big deal, and you worry until your furry friend is home. However, it can be hard to find your pup or even know where to turn and who can help.

You might be able to file a report of a lost dog on your own, but everything is easier with help. DoNotPay can be the helping hand that you need to get a lost dog home.

Here's how you can use DoNotPay to report lost and found pets:

  1. Search "lost and found pets" on DoNotPay, and select whether you're reporting a lost pet or a pet you've found. 
  2. Enter the date and location you lost or found the pet and tell us more about them, including the breed, gender, whether they are wearing a collar, approximate size, and more. 
  3. Upload evidence a photo of the pet, so they can be identified, and enter your current contact information where you can be reached with updates. 

And that's it. DoNotPay will file the report on your behalf, and make sure your lost or found pet gets recorded in the government directory and they know who to contact if they find a match.

​​Why Use DoNotPay File a Report When You’ve Lost a Dog

When you have a lost dog, time is important, and DoNotPay can make a difference. Here are a few reasons to use the DoNotPay app:

  1. It's easy to use and navigate.
  2. It's fast when time matters.
  3. It's successful. You can rest easy knowing your paperwork is filed correctly

DoNotPay Works Across All Companies/Entities/Groups With the Click of a Button

DoNotPay offers help on many topics about lost pets. Here are a few to get you started:

What Else Can DoNotPay Do?

Once your pup is safely back home, it's time to learn more ways DoNotPay can help. Here are a few ways to start with:

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